Another Qatar announcement – H1 Unlimited

Hot on the heels of the announcement yesterday from Nauticpromo, who promoted the Qatar J Hydro series, H1 Unlimited’s Chairman Steve David has now gone on record to explain the situation with his hydroplane series and Qatar. The US based H1 Unlimited series had enjoyed an an annual event in Doha competing for the Oryx-Cup and are now looking for a replacement venue and no doubt funding to plug the…


The continuing Qatar saga

Ever since the QMSF was disbanded earlier this year and at the same time, the huge supporter of powerboat racing Sheikh Hassan stepped down as president, questions have been asked if Qatar will continue to play a role in powerboat racing. We have heard from many sources that there are still individuals and companies with unpaid invoices for work undertaken for QMSF and that the new regime seems to be…


UK Offshore Racing – You Couldn’t Make it Up

Let us look at the positives in the UK offshore scene. For those that love loud, impressive “big boats”, the traditional Cowes – Torquay – Cowes, now in its 55th year will be taking place in September and already has 6 paid-up entrants. For those that like a “one design class”, Asif Rangoonwala’s Powerboat P1 Superstock series has an impressive set of venues, enthusiastic competitors with corporate brands attached to…


2015 Australian V8 Superboat Championships – Rounds 2 & 3

Article: Australian V8 Superboat Championships Photographs: Russell Puckeridge / Pureart Creative Images The Australian V8 Superboat Championships heads to its ‘northern home’ this weekend for a double-header event that will score for both rounds two and three of the seven round series, but whilst that is motivation enough to bring competitor’s boats out of the garage, no-one quite expected the battle this weekend is shaping up to provide. Entries have come from…


Prosperity joins Team Britannia

Article and photograph by Chris Davies Earlier today in the historic surroundings of the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club in Portsmouth, Team Britannia announced that Prosperity Independent Financial Advisors & Stockbrokers Ltd had become a core sponsor of their £2.9 million round-the-world powerboat record attempt that will be made in a new Eco-boat powered by a revolutionary fuel emulsion that slashes harmful emissions. Jasper de Zoeten, the…


Battle for the Broads – Lowestoft Grand Prix

This bank holiday weekend – 24th to 25th May, the second round of the RYA Powerboat GP British Championship will be held at Oulton Broad, Suffolk for the Lowestoft Grand Prix. The event hosts, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club, will field a strong fleet of club racers competing in the various classes including reigning GT15 champion Thomas Mantripp and Bexley Nunn from Lowestoft. Nunn will not only be…


Rough water greets the Guernsey season opener

Report by Colin Clarke / Photography: Andrew Le Poidevin Heats 1 & 2 of the Stanley Gibbons Investment sponsored 2015 Race series certainly proved to be a baptism of fire for some members of the Guernsey Powerboat Association as racing got under way and in some cases ended with a bang and a splash! The first race of two scheduled for the weekend saw an impressive 15 race boats cross the start…


Tomlinson has the perfect start in Cocoa Beach

Miami’s John Tomlinson and Jeff Harris launched their 2015 Superboat Unlimited campaign by winning the opening round of the Super Boat International series in Florida. Competing in the “6th Annual Thunder on Cocoa Beach Super Boat Grand Prix” with their MTI hull, “CMS 03″ powered by twin Mercury 1350 motors averaged 82.33mph for the 77 mile 10 lap race beating their only opponent, Mark Granet’s Miss Geico by over a…


New CEO and venue for XCAT World Series

The UIM XCAT Powerboat World Series have announced a new European venue, Cascais in Portugal and that Dublin born Ronan Morgan takes on the role of WPPA Chief Executive Officer. Morgan won 54 FIA international rallies during a 30-year racing career and later moved to Dubai as motorsports director for the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE. A series of meetings took place in Cascais between the municipality, the…


Paihia Offshore 100 – New Zealand

Wayne Valder and Chris Hanley won the Paihia Offshore 100 in Superboat NZ1 Profloors in the beautiful Bay of Islands; one of the most spectacular and eagerly awaited events of the series. Not a spare bed was to be had in Paihia the night before the race and spectator vantage points were packed by the start of the first half hour race. Peter McGrath and Darren Nicholson in the second…


Vector Powerboat involved in testing accident

Two of the UK’s most experienced offshore racers have been involved in a testing accident on Southampton Water. Peter Dredge, a director of Vector Powerboats and the former RYA Powerboat Racing Manager was “dialling in” a  new Vector with long time friend Simon Wood Power. Riding with them in a “clone boat” of the of the 2014 Cowes Torquay Cowes winner was Peter’s son Simon who sustained a head and an arm injury and is still in a…